CLINTON — Looking ahead at roadwork planned for the next five years, the Clinton County Board of Supervisors are eyeing the road usage tax.
Clinton County Engineer Todd Kinney presented a selection of road and bridge projects planned for between fiscal years 2015 and 2019, which include both farm-to-market funded and locally funded projects. Some of these could be delayed if state funds do not come through.
The plan includes paving and rehabilitation at 170th Street near Bulgers Hollow, mill and paving of 330th Avenue, an overlay on Z50 from Andover to Teeds Grove and from Teeds Grove to Z40. Several bridge replacements also are planned for the upcoming fiscal year.
Looking at the official five-year plan and his personal 10-year plan, Kinney said the county is not in too bad of shape overall.
“But if we don’t get enough farm-to-market funds brought in and we have to keep delaying projects, we’re going to be in trouble,” Kinney said.
Road replacements are set between fiscal year 2016 and 2018, including portions of Y34, Z50, Y-4E, 170th Street and 292nd Street. Kinney is scheduling no road replacements in 2019 to help build farm-to-market funds back up.
Several bridge projects are planned for the 2019 fiscal year.
Every year at budget time, Kinney comes to the board with his “wish list” of road projects. Eventually this list is cut down due to what money the county has available.
The board agreed that the county’s roads could be in better shape if Iowa raised the road usage fee, also known as the gas tax. The current rate has not increased since 1989. Supervisor Jill Davison said the county roads will see problems if there is no increase in the next year.
“We’re going to have to get our hot wheels and our big wheels and start riding those,” Davisson said.